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Maine-ly a Celebration – Shell Art & Sea Chanteys
February 16 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Sunday, February 16th, 12:30pm-3:30pm
$8/person, $5/PMM member or Searsport/Stockton Springs Resident
$20/family, FREE for children 7 and under!
Enjoy drop-in crafts, hourly guided tours of exhibits, and special program!
In case of inclement weather, these programs will be canceled if the Searsport First Congregational Church cancels worship service. PMM will also post cancelations on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/penobscot
Celebrating the lives of the 19th-century Mainers who went to sea, this Sunday will offer visitors an opportunity to make simple Sailor’s Valentines and shell jewelry as a drop-in activity. At 1pm, Joe Greeley will present a program on sea chanteys. Sea chanteys were an integral part of life aboard a merchant sailing ship. With small crews it was vitally important for the sailors to work together and chanteys provided the means to do. By the use of a ‘call and response’ song, the chantyman regulated the work so that each man knew when to haul. In addition, sailors’ songs provided a means of entertainment when the sailors were off watch.
Joe Greeley has had a lifelong interest in ships and the sea. His first word was ‘boat’ and he has worked aboard a number of ships including the schooners Pioneer and Lettie G. Howard, the barque Elizabeth II, and the brig Niagara. For seventeen years he was in charge of education aboard the Maryland Dove at Historic St. Mary’s City in Maryland. His knowledge of Sea Chanties is such that, once, becalmed on Blue Hill Bay, he rowed the nine miles home, singing all the way and didn’t repeat himself once.